Sound — 9
When I heard Lost in the Sound of Separation was coming out, I decided that I would try and get my hands on it as soon as I could. I pre-ordered it, but undisciplined as I was, I listened to it as soon as it was released on Myspace. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed - this album is mind-blowing. It isn't quite as heavy as it was rumored to be, but it was definitely just as dark as they said it would be. The heaviness is right along the same lines as Define the Great Line, but it is definitely more unique and dark. The technical craftsmanship for Underoath is amazing, though they've never been shred lords. From heavy, almost Southern oriented riffs (similar to the old Underoath member Dallas Taylor's band Maylene and the Sons of Disaster) as shown in the opener, Breathing In A New Mentality, to the heavy, driving riffs in The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed, to the softer but still impressive musical ballads Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear and Desolate Earth:: The End Is Here. This band continues to impress with an even stronger effort than Define the Great Line musically, and the flow is almost flawless.
Lyrics — 9
The screaming for Spencer Chamberlain has matured intensely, as well as his singing, though he doesn't always show his range extensively. His screams are louder, more emotional, more heartfelt, and overall more intense. His best songs vocally are definitely the pumping, ear blasting Anyone Can Dig A Hole, But It Takes A Man To Live In It and The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed. Aaron Gillespie provides a unique compliment to his voice with his powerful, amazing clean vocals, most impressive in the songs A Fault Line, A Fault of Mine and Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear. I'm not sure whether or not Timothy McTague sings much in this. But one of the more outstanding aspects of Underoath in this album is the lyrics, which have improved vastly from the effort sent forth by DTGL. Some of my favorite lyrics are the opening ones to Desperate Times, Desperate Measures, which go, I've been crawling around in the dark for a while, sprawled out across the floor, not collecting dust anymore. Define me a parasite, define my host. Then there are the blatantly truthful lyrics in Anyone Can Dig A Hole But It Takes A Man To Call It Home, I'm no leader I'm just a mess. It's not the way it's supposed to be, it's just the way that it is. Lastly, my favorite lyrical song has the darkest lyrics, in The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed. Spencer screams throatily, This is where they all throw me to the wolves, dragged behind and trampled on. I can't keep clawing at the jaws of hell - the silence is killing me! Later in the song, Spencer screams (accompanied by a trippy little guitar riff) They just spin in perfect little circles, and that's all they know...
Overall Impression — 10
01. Breathing in a New Mentality - this song is great; it opens with very rough sounding recording and drums, but immediately explodes into epic noise. Throughout the song, Spencer screams, I'm the desperate, and you're the savior. My favorite part is when it starts switching time signatures and Spencer says, Oh, God it's racing through my veins... I'm afraid there must be some kind of mistake! 02. Anyone Can Dig a Hole, But It Takes a Man to Call It Home - the tempo doesn't slow down at all, and it opens with a fast and mathcore-esque guitar riff slightly reminiscent of In Regards to Myself. Then the tempo slows to a hardcore riff where Spencer screams almost ironically, Oh, how the plot thickens! Then, later in the song, Aaron sings in his amazing voice, I'm the one who was wrong, and Spencer follows, ending with, God forgive me! Probably my #4 song on the album. 03. A Fault Line, A Fault of Mine - an amazing song, this is probably my #1 song. Man, it's tough to chose with so many great songs on one disk! The lyrics are amazingly simple, as well as simply amazing. My favorite part is when Aaron and Spencer sing harmonically, Bear with me, bear with me - this is all I have left... this might be more than a simple conversation, with a killer guitar riff in the background. Then there's the end, which was amazing as well, starting with Spencer screaming, I stare at the wall, watching my time float away. It's all been a blur, and nothing will change. Then the two (main) vocalists start a harmony again, and sing/yell, I was lying! This is defeat. 04. Emergency Broadcast: The End is Near - this song starts off with a dark, almost NIN feel to it. There are a lot of palm muted chords in this song, as well as slower guitar riffs that are almost like mini-solos. The drumming in the song is astounding too. We will be sold for parts! That's definitely an early lyrical climax. The same with in the middle - Feast your eyes, or just rip 'em out. Overall, a very depressing song, but still great, and following with the albums theme. 05. The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed - this song is without a doubt the heaviest on the CD, and, in fact, the heaviest with Spencer yet, besides perhaps Everyone Looks So Good From Here on DTGL. My #3 on the album currently. What can I say - wow. This song - just listen to it for yourself, it will show you just how far Underoath has come since TOCS. Great drumming, lyrics, guitar, singing - epic. 06. We Are The Involuntary - this song is so weird and almost trippy. The guitar is very unique, though I didn't notice it as much at first. Also, the title of the album is in this, when Spencer screams, We're lost in the sound, lost in the sound of separation! However, my favorite part is when Aaron sings, I'll come up, I'll come up for peace, I'll come down, I'll come down for truth, I'll give in, I'll give up for you... 07. The Created Void - definitely my least favorite song on the album, it's just so average that it hasn't managed to grow on me the way the others have. On the other hand, I do love the end of the song, the clean electric bit with Aaron singing, that part is pretty beautiful in itself. 08. Coming Down is Calming Down - this opens with a heavy, off time-signature riff with lots of muting and random placement. This is a good song to ventilate. The end of the song is the best part, a short but explosive burst of sound in your ear that ends abruptly in the transition to the next song. The one thing I don't like is that Aaron's drumming isn't quite as remarkable as on other tracks. 09. Desperate Times, Desperate Measures - the lead single off the new album. This song is intense, and probably an honorable mention for the best songs on the album. However, don't let that deceive you - it's just that all the songs on the album are great, and it's tough to play favorites. The drumming is freaking sweet, but the main winner for me is the lyrics. I mentioned them before, so I'm not going to waste your time repeating them. Also, when Aaron sings out of tune it sounds awesome. And if you've seen the music video for this, you know just how dark this song is. 10. Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear - this song is my #2 on the album. It's just such a beautiful song, lyrically, musically, every way. Though Aaron's drumming is absent, this song remains great. I can't bring myself to spoil it for you, just listen and enjoy. It reminds me of Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape, except better. Way better. Just great stuff. Shows how much Underoath has matured. 11. Desolate Earth:: The End is Here - my #5 on the album. What an instrumental - the perfect album closer. Nothing more needs to be said. This album rocks. I won't have this lost or stolen, because I will guard it too well - but if something happened, I would find it, no matter what. Or buy another copy! Trust me, this is worth every penny.